by Debra Johnson, Published July 16, 2012
YPSILANTI - Chris Sorenson has been named the new manager and chief flight instructor at EMU's Eagle Flight Center (EFC), located at Willow Run Airport. Sorenson will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility and flight school.
Tom Trumbull, president of Suburban Aviation, the parent company of EFC announced the recent appointment and commends Sorenson for his dedication to student's success and placement upon graduation.
"Chris is focused on producing quality pilots with a strict watch over the skills of our students," said Trumbull. Sorenson has been acting as "interim" since the departure of Alex Bloye earlier this year.
The Eagle Flight Center conducts all of the ground and flight operations for Eastern Michigan University's aviation flight technology program out of Willow Run Airport and a satellite location at Lansing Capital Regional Airport. All other aviation courses are held on campus through the College of Technology.
Sorenson is an FAA Gold Seal instructor and has been with Eastern's Eagle Flight Center since 2007, most recently serving as Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. He attended the University of North Dakota before transferring to Eastern Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight Technology.
"I am thrilled and proud to take on this position," said Sorenson. "It's a career goal I have been working towards for many years. I hope to carry on the success of the flight school and continue to make it a fun and friendly place for our students to learn aviation. I am also very lucky to have a great staff of several well-trained and enthusiastic individuals to back me up."
Sorenson is currently completing a Master's degree in Aeronautical Science through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
The Eastern Michigan University Aviation Program offers bachelor's degree programs in Aviation Flight Technology, Aviation Management and Dispatch Certification. In addition to the collegiate program, the flight centers offer non-credit flight training programs.
For more information about the aviation program, go to the Eagle Flight Center homepage.